SAN ALLAND

WRITER, ARTIST, CURATOR

Queer & Trans Arts in Scotland since 2009

 

" * * * * * " 
– The Skinny

 

"An art movement like no other." 
– Nim Ralph, Open Democracy

 

"Cachín Cachán Cachunga! really matters in contemporary Scotland... 
(it) brings together a diverse group of artists, making it both 
difficult to pigeon-hole and restlessly contemporary." 
– The Vile Blog

 

"...something of a phenomenon." 
– The List

 


Read curator Sandra Alland's article on our 10th anniversary, and why we're on hiatus:

 

https://disabilityarts.online/blog/sandra-alland/ten-years-of-cachin/

 

 

Most recent event: Disabled and D/deaf Queer & Trans Pride
Sunday, 15th July, 2018
The Space, Glasgow, Free!

 

-LGBTQI+ Vocabulary in British Sign Language with Bea Webster

-Film Programme curated by Sandra Alland

-Film panel with Bea Webster, Claire Cunningham, Bel Pye, Donna Williams and San Alland

-Open Mic of music, spoken word & readings, with comedy and compering from AB Silvera

-DJs Nena Etza and Kaiserin!

 

Access: quiet space, relaxed events,

BSL interpreting, projected text, large

print, captioned films, level access.

 

Full access and travel info

(text with photos): tinyurl.com/y9977nuu


Event info:

 

Text: tinyurl.com/ydy2r4lf

BSL info (video): youtu.be/VKcwAiHKgbc

Audio Info (SoundCloud)

Event Info: tinyurl.com/ydymcn84

Travel Info: tinyurl.com/yc4kfblw

Access Info: tinyurl.com/y9t4wnuk

Photo image of an audience from behind, facing a screen with the title card 'Bilingual Poet's Dilemma
by Donna Williams'. Everyone in the audience has their hands raised, the BSL sign for 'clapping'.


CCC in 2016-17

Who's Your Dandy?, featuring 'Equivalence' and Andra Simons, played at Edinburgh Filmhouse in November 2017. The show mixed live multimedia performance with a screening of shorts by Dickie Hearts, Tina Takemoto, Tourmaline, Françoise Doherty and Shira Avni. In September 2017, (with thanks to Nat Raha) we hosted Eli Clare at CCA Glasgow for a discussion of ideas of 'cure' and his book, Brilliant Imperfection. Guests included Nathan Gale, Bea Webster and Emilia Beatriz. In 2016, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! took part in Arts & Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (Glasgow University), with a talk on CCC history and the neoliberal biases of Scottish and UK funding models. We also participated in Proud City, an exhibition at People's Story Museum on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, which included posters, photos and other historical information about CCC (September 2016-February 2017). For more info on past and future events: facebook.com/CachCachCach.


CCC! Overview

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is an independent Scottish arts collective that produces visual, recorded and live art by LGBTQI+ people. We mentor and collaborate. We encourage artistic risk-taking and experimentation.

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! creates and promotes artistic works about and by trans, intersex and queer people – with added emphasis on artists who are also racialised, people of colour, Black, Indigenous, BAME, asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, D/deaf, working class, working poor, skint, neurodivergent, Mad, ill, crip, disabled and/or from any related background/experience.

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is disability-led, and produces accessible arts events for both audiences and artists. We aim to provide level access, quiet space, Braille, large print, audio description, film captioning, surtitling/speech-to-text, BSL interpreting, relaxed events, and fragrance-free spaces. We encourage both emerging and established artists from our communities to develop their practice in a safer yet artistically challenging environment.

We're dedicated to creating safer spaces and discussions for trans, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer, agender, gender variant, bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, gay, queer and asexual people facing complex oppressions. We actively study intersectional feminism and transfeminism.

Most events are curated by Sandra Alland; others are organised and led by committee or individual community members.


CCC! History

Started as a monthly cabaret event in 2009, CCC has continued to grow and change. In addition to large-scale performance events, we offer community-building events like Open Barbers & Potluck Brunch, Open Mics, and The Giant Queer-Ass Trans-tastic Picnic.

Thanks to generous donations from our communities in 2015, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! hosted an exciting season of 3 community discussions and 5 Open Mics, plus 4 Health Lotteries with prizes like haircuts, counselling and massage from queer and trans practitioners. Featured artists included Lake Montgomery, AB Silvera, Liz Cronin and Robert Softley Gale. We also held our first QTiPOC-only and disabled-only discussions, as well as an open talk on classism in LGBTQI+ communities. In 2014, CCC produced two large-scale visual art exhibitions with live performances – SEEP: Fluidity in Body & Landscape at Media Education, and SEEP II: Mirrors & Mires at Patriothall Gallery. 

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! has presented everything from performance poetry in British Sign Language to gay parrot puppets, from noise music to opera, from discussions on racism to interactive installations and collaborative photography. Other recent featured artists include Yasmin Al-Hadithi, Tourmaline, Stacey Milbern, Patty Berne and Juli Saragosa.

More infohttps://vimeo.com/album/2776527

More history: https://disabilityarts.online/blog/sandra-alland/ten-years-of-cachin/

Cachín Cachán Cachunga!